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Bernal, J D

(1901-1971) UK physicist and political philosopher, Marxist polemicist, whose The World, the Flesh and the Devil: An Enquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul (1929 chap) manages, with astonishing clarity and concision, to provide models for the understanding and exploitation of the future that sf writers – some knowingly, some ignorant of this small work – would mine for decades. Its influence was acknowledged by Olaf Stapledon in the Preface to Star Maker ...

Donnelly, H Grattan

(1850-1931) Irish-born playwright and author, in US from early manhood; he wrote three sf novels: The Coming Crown (1880 chap), a Satire on tendencies he detected for the American presidency to become a form of monarchy in the Near Future; '84, a Political Revelation (1883 chap), which predicts further postbellum turmoils; and The Stricken Nation (1890 chap), depicting a Future War in which an unprepared America is devastated by a ruthless Great Britain (see Invasion). The cover illustration ...

Myerson, Julie

(1960-    ) UK journalist and author whose earlier novels edged at points towards a supernatural ambience, though they remained essentially within the envelope of the mundane; however, hints of message-bearing intrusions from beyond figure conspicuously in The Stopped Heart (2016). Of sf interest is Then (2011), set in a devastated Near Future London, frozen (a likely outcome of Climate Change in the UK), partially abandoned; wandering through this landscape, the protagonist ...

Lofficier, Jean-Marc

(1954-    ) French-born editor, translator, publisher and author, often in collaboration with his wife, Randy Lofficier, in the US after 1978. Officier is of sf interest for his occasional fiction, for his extensive work in Comics, for his reference works and Bibliographies, which concentrate on French publications, and for his publishing activities in general. Of his bibliographical work, the most important text is French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction: A ...

Forbidden Island

Board Game (2011). Gamewright. Designed by Matt Leacock. / You are a band of intrepid adventurers in search of lost treasure, traversing a mysterious secret island. As you pull pieces of each treasure from the ground, the waters heave and shake around you.... Will you and your fellow explorers find all of the pieces, or will you sink beneath the treacherous sea? / Forbidden Island is a co-operative game for 2-4 players, with a loose Steampunk art style and an Adventure theme. The art of ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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